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A Samoan Professor of Pacific Studies at Auckland University of Technology (A.U.T) has been confirmed as one of the guest speakers to feature in this year’s Samoa Conference hosted by the National University of Samoa (NUS) in September.

Professor Tagaloatele Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop will share her wealth of experience on the leadership dialogue during the three day conference in September at Le Papaigalagala campus.

Her perspective as one of the successful Samoan academics in a diaspora community in New Zealand will be of great value to emerging and aspiring researchers, academics and leaders across sectors.

She has been heavily involved in twelve more regional and international conferences prior to her role as one of the guest speakers for the Samoa Conference IV this year, adding yet another initiative under her belt.

Prof. Tagaloatele has been teaching and researching in the area of Pacific Studies for more than three decades including a fifteen year stint teaching at the University of the South Pacific, Alafua Campus.

There, she taught in the Alafua School of Agriculture before taking up a post in the U.N.D.P, U.N.I.F.E.M and U.N.E.S.C.O and eventually moving back to New Zealand in 2006.

This September, she has been named as one of the leading characters in the leadership conversation for Samoa Conference, one of eight subthemes surrounding the conference this year.

Those include:

  1. Heritage –How do we balance heritage and development approaches? What is Samoa’s legal framework for heritage management?
  2. Climate Change – What is Samoa’s role in addressing climate change impacts and implementation of various Climate Change conventions and funding? How sustainable are we as an island nation in the face of increasing climate change?
  3. Literacy – How has literacy helped foster sustainable development in Samoa over the years?
  4. Regionalism and security – Is Samoa a regional leader or actor?
  5. Leadership and Sustainable Development – As leaders how can we use technology to ensure that we are fostering sustainable development and collaboration? How are we preparing future leaders to champion sustainable development?
  6. Innovations for Sustainable Development - How far have we come?
  7. Policy and Research for Innovation – To what extent Samoa has invested in designing policies and funding research to help facilitate industrial development, collaboration and competitiveness amongst sectors?
  8. ICT and Mass Media – What ways can Samoa address cyber security issues today? Istraditional media obsolete in today’s Facebook world? Media and agenda setting, how valid is it in small islands? Do the media have a place in the faasamoa?

Prof. Tagaloatele holds a PhD from Macquarie Syd. Australia, MA from Victoria University of Wellington (V.U.W), New Zealand, BA (Hons 1) V.U.W, BA V.U.W, TTC (Teachers Certificate).

Her research areas include imperative topics discussed in the region far reaching into some of the focuses for Samoa Conference.

Such research areas including; Sustainable development, Pacific Small Island States, Gender, youth and development issues, Family security (domestic violence and Child abuse and neglect issues)and Education.

She’s behind many other current projects at A.U.T including Youth connectedness, Pacific youth in New Zealand, Pacific males and educational outcomes, Pacific epistemologies, pedagogies and methodologies, Gender and equity issues Pacific, Police and domestic violence, and child abuse and neglect.

The following is a list of her publications and work done throughout her stellar career in terms of reports, conferences, seminars and presentations:

  • Response to Domestic Violence – Pathways to recovery, V Kingi and J Jordan, with T Moeke-Maxwell and Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop (2009)/li>
  • Vanuatu Domestic Violence Report,; Pacific Police Prevention of Domestic Violence (PPDVP) August 2009 (PPDVP, NZAID).
  • APPCAN, Perth (Nov 2009 Plenary Session — Invited member of 4 member panel Indigenous Responses to Child Abuse and Neglect (CAN).
  • APPCAN, Perth (2009) Bringing Police into Domestic Violence/CAN strategies: Pacific, Paper presented.
  • Association of Asian Social Science Research Councils (AASSREC) 18th Biennial General Conference, Bangkok August 2009 Biculturalism, Cultural Identities and Globalisation: Issues for Aotearoa New Zealand (with professor David Thorns, and Associate Professor, Rosemay Du PLessis (University of Canterbury).
  • Association of Social Scientists (NZ) Pacific students and the Talanoa access grid (Jan 2009) (ASSR website).
  • BRCSS Conference (Aug 2009) The Pacific Post Graduate Talanoa Network, Wellington (with Salainaoloa Wilson p/g).
  • BRCSS Conference (Aug 2009) Coordinated and chaired the Pacific Sessions (x2).
  • NZFUW Keynote, Pacific Women Graduates: Learning to Say 'no' and 'help' Auckland (Sep 2009).
  • Pacific Bible College Conference, Family based strategies for child abuse and neglect, Wellington (2009).
  • Samoan Teachers National Refresher Course (2009) Growing Samoan researchers at VUW, (October 2009).
  • Climate change and migration in the South Pacific region: Policy perspectives, Institute of Policy Studies, VUW (9-10 July 2009) If I plant a tree, will my children be here to see it group. (Climate Change, Migratoin and the Community.
  • UNESCO Biculturalism, multiculturalism and globatlisation; Pacific, paper presented at UNESCo, Royal Society, ASSR forum, Wellington Cultural identifies in a globalizing workd, (17 April 2009).
  • Wellington City Council Forum (2009) Creating Pacific learning communities, Wellington

Invited chair

  • Pacific Island Family Study Workshop, From Research to Policy (Dec 2009), AUT University.
  • PIPSA Conference, (Dec 2009) Women and Politics Session,Auckland University.

Prof. Tagaloatele’s acceptance of the Organising Committee’s invitation as one of the guest speakers further affirms the wider support of Samoan leaders in the course of N.U.S taking proactive approaches to support the SAMOA PATHWAY by encouraging existing and emerging scholars to contribute to this conference by providing high quality analysis and evaluation of Samoa’s contribution to the priority areas that need to be addressed.

Again, the conference is open to local and overseas scholars, who have conducted research on Samoa, practitioners of various disciplines, university students, political leaders, non-government organisations, civil society, businesses and global audiences.

This conference will also provide a platform for our diplomatic community to share their invaluable resources and priorities with attending groups and organisations.

Participants are expected to pay a registration fee in order to receive full conference package.  Held during the famous Teuila Festival week, there are organized tours where participants and guests can choose from.

The Samoa Conference Committee encourages members of the public to join us at this conference by becoming a speaker, presenter, or even as a participant to share your views and thoughts with us on how Samoa through YOUR UNIVERSITY, YOUR FUTURE, can address challenges and make valuable contributions to the many development issues.

The deadline for abstracts is 31 July 2018 and so far there have been interesting and diverse interests received by the Organising Committee from Samoans here and abroad.

Caption: Prof. Tagaloatele confirmed as one of the three guest speakers at the Samoa Conference IV in September. Credit: tuned for our next article.

(*The writer is a member of the Publicity Sub Committee of the SCIV Organising Committee and also News Administrator for Media and Journalism School news service, Samoa Beat)



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